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Live Music Picks: October 26-November 1

Get Freaky 2017, Johnny Vatos’ Oingo Boingo Dance Party, Ministry, Pixie and the Partygrass Boys’ and more.

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MIGUEL MENDOZA
  • Miguel Mendoza

FRIDAY-SATURDAY 10/27-28
Get Freaky 2017, feat. Jauz, Excision, Brillz, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Kayzo, Virtual Riot and more
When you consider the fact that the Great Saltair is actually a thrice-reanimated corpse, it makes sense that it's the venue for Salt Lake's 13th annual Get Freaky Festival. Organized by Utah's own EDM saints V2 Presents, the two-night rave promises things that go thump in the night. Headlining Friday night is L.A. musical experimentalist Jauz, best known for his ability to push the boundaries of what a DJ set can be. On Saturday night, the main attraction is Canadian dubstep cultist Excision. Supporting these two electronic heavy hitters, Get Freaky has assembled a tasting menu of the finest purveyors of trap, house and future bass in the country. Black Tiger Sex Machine, Brillz, Kayzo and Virtual Riot are only a few of the artists bringing their own kind of freaky to this locally organized festival. (Alex Springer) The Great Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, 7 p.m., $55-$150 ($5 parking), 18+, thesaltair.com

 

JOE ATLAS
  • Joe Atlas

THURSDAY SATURDAY 10/26-28
Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen with John Jorgenson
The sound we refer to as Americana was nurtured by bands like the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers—groups that took their cue from traditional country music then blended it with rock 'n' roll. Chris Hillman played a crucial role in both those bands, and it was the lessons learned from his seminal experience playing traditional bluegrass—first with the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers and later, the aptly named Hillmen—that provided his inspiration. Gram Parsons' contributions provided additional impetus, but when Parsons succumbed to drugs and other decadence, it was left to Hillman to further that sound along. He subsequently played a key role in various outfits that followed, including the Southern Hillman Furay Band, Manassas and the band he helmed long after, the Desert Rose Band, which also included Hillman's current collaborators, guitarists Herb Pedersen and John Jorgenson. On his new album Bidin' My Time (Rounder), Hillman, Pedersen and Jorgenson revisit the sound the 72-year-old singer/bassist/mandolinist helped establish. Produced by the late, much-lamented Tom Petty, the album includes three songs Hillman originally recorded with the Byrds, as well as contributions from the Heartbreakers and former bandmates Roger McGuinn and David Crosby. So how about a Byrds reunion? Not likely, all insist, but no matter. Hillman and friends soar on their own. (Lee Zimmerman) The Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main, Park City, 8 p.m., $23-$45, all ages, egyptiantheatrecompany.org

 

ROB JUAREZ
  • Rob Juarez

SATURDAY 10/28
Johnny Vatos' Oingo Boingo Dance Party
Since Danny Elfman's hearing problems keep him from performing live, it's not likely that we'll ever see a full-on reunion of Oingo Boingo. It's a shame, since they're one of the most creative and original rock bands the world has seen. The music, however, lives on via iconic drummer Johnny Vatos Hernandez—whom you might also recognize from Tito and Tarantula, the Titty Twister's house band in Robert Rodriguez' From Dusk Till Dawn—and an 11-person band that features fellow classic-era and longtime members like saxophonist Sam "Sluggo" Phipps, bassist John Avila, keyboardist Carl Graves and guitarist Steve Bartek, along with some new faces. The most noteworthy noob is vocalist Brendan McCreary, who sings his ass off (think Freddie Mercury) in his killer band Young Beautiful in a Hurry. In Boingo, he sounds enough like Elfman and exudes a similar dorky coolness that, along with the band's bouncy, whip-smart songs and virtuosic playing, made the group so appealing in its heyday. The sets average 19-22 tunes, ensuring that this show will be a party in every sense of the word. (Randy Harward) Liquid Joe's, 1249 E. 3300 South, 6:30 p.m., $25 presale; $30 day of show, 21+, liquidjoes.net

 

EDIFORTINI VIA WIKIMEDIA
  • Edifortini via WIKIMEDIA

MONDAY 10/30
Ministry, Death Grips
Oct. 30 isn't quite Halloween, but it's close enough to party with Al Jourgensen and company. A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (Sire/Warner, 1989) has to be one of the most revolting album titles ever, and Jourgensen's sinister yet ridiculous stage persona could inspire some scarifying costumes. The album Psalm 69 (Warner Bros, 1992) found their industrial grindhouse melding into the gritty, grungy '90s, including the MTV staple "Jesus Built My Hotrod" with the Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes. The band showed their political acumen with the song "N.W.O." (New World Order), sampling the utterance from then President George H.W. Bush. So it's with equal expectations that their next album, AmeriKKKant, due next year, is awaited. If the current political situation doesn't scare you, I don't know what would. Not-quite Halloween isn't complete without a little Death Grips—the hardcore hip-hop band, that is. (Brian Staker) The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 7:30 p.m., $35 presale; $40 day of show, all ages, thecomplexslc.com

 

LIVE EDITS LAB
  • Live Edits Lab

TUESDAY 10/31
The Floozies, The Funk Hunters, Maddy O'Neal
For those who are looking for something truly unusual in a Halloween concert, look no further than this show by astro-funk duo The Floozies. They look like a pair of suntanned beach bums, but once they take the stage, all bets are off. What starts with an innocent exploration of traditional funk territory quickly evolves into a tripped-out laser-light show that grabs you by the collar of your floral button-down, looks you straight in the eyes and asks if you are prepared to meet your Lord and Savior. Joining these apostles of funk for this leg of their tour is Vancouver-based funk/hip-hop duo The Funk Hunters and solo electronic adventurer Maddy O'Neal. If you're looking to ditch the spooks and skanks that haunt the club scene on All Hallows' Eve, but are still in search of a transformative mind-body experience, this consciousness-expanding lineup is just what you need. (AS) Metro Music Hall, 615 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $17 presale; $20 day of show, 21+, metromusichall.com

 

ALYSSA RISLEY
  • Alyssa Risley

Pixie and the Partygrass Boys' Halloween Show
With all the options this eerie evening, why choose to see an act with the suffix "-grass" in their name? Singer/ukelele-ist Katia "Pixie" Racine heads up an ensemble steeped in various musical traditions, with the common denominator of fun. This local band's name and self-described genre implies guilt-free enjoyment, without the weighty gospel overtones of traditional bluegrass. In addition to a repertoire of originals—including "Partygrass Anthem" from their latest album released in June—they do a partygrass rendition of Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," which should count for something on fright night. Not to mention the band and bar staff will be in costume. If that's not enough to get you here, note that the venue is across the street from the Old Mill—a Cottonwood Heights landmark with many stories of hauntings over the years—so there might be witchery afoot. (BS) Hog Wallow Pub, 3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, 9 p.m., $7, 21+, thehogwallow.com

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